What Does Success Mean to You?

The other day at work I read this truly inspirational quote by Buddha that really got me thinking: “the only real failure in life is not to be true to the best that one knows”. I thought that this was especially true for all of us who sometimes feel stressed out or that we aren’t doing enough with the opportunities that we have been given – at least I know that I sometimes feel that there is so much more that I could be doing and that I am not working hard enough! When I read this quote though it really changed my outlook on the whole situation and concept of “success”. At the end of the day I think that this quote is quite accurate. All we can ever do is our personal best, and it isn’t fair to compare ourselves to others or think that we have to live up to what others consider to be “successful”. Success should be a personal definition that we each have based upon our own morals, values and experiences. It isn’t up to society to tell us how we should be feeling or what “success” truly means, and I think that as aspiring women in business it is important for us to be trail blazers and continue to redefine success and happiness and understand that what society may consider to be “success” isn’t necessarily what “success” means to you.  I challenge you to find a quote that inspires you and hope that it can help you to feel more confident in your pursuit of finding your personal definition of “success”. For those interested in finding some more inspirational quotes feel free to check out this website I found as a start: http://entreprenista.com/2011/07/top-50-inspirational-quotes-for-women-entrepreneurs-by-women/

Hailey Vasyliw

University of Toronto 

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